Can you teach yourself to think differently? Both research on the topic, and success stories, suggest that you can, indeed!
In our previous blog post, we discussed how you can develop a learning mindset to make the most of every encounter, conversation and piece of information you come across. Now, let’s talk about mindset shifts.
Choose a simple concept from outside your professional sphere yet in your daily life and try to explain it to a child. Try it - demonetisation or internet protocols or myopia - whatever catches your fancy. Chances are what you say will be too theoretical or complicated for your audience or you'll be stumped by question number three!
So let's talk learning mindset.
A good onboarding experience can be as subjective as enjoying an opera vs. suffering through it. Every employee has different expectations from their onboarding process, even though the basics often remain constant.
Putting just a little thought into it can make a world of difference to the culture you create for joinees at any level. Get at least the young recruit experience right!
The Employee Checklist Of Onboarding Questions To Ask
Today, even the smallest of companies often have some sort of an onboarding experience in place. However, there may be times when the information provided is insufficient, or there is no information to go by at all! Unfortunately, many companies miss the fact that it is always the small things that stress the new employee out the most. Here's what you can do.
First impressions always matter, and that applies not just to people but to organizations, too. Many companies make the mistake of hiring aggressively and Onboarding passively. In some cases, the employee may simply stroll into the office, meet the supervisor and plunge into work right away. Don't you want to make a better first impression?
In the context of relationships that we build over a long period, trust is almost a given. Parents operate with trust unless given a reason not to do so. Children believe that parents will look after them, at least until they are old enough to be independent. Neighbours trust that they live with pleasant people who will bring them no harm. What about the professional world we also live in?
Personal branding has been quite the buzzword these days. However, no one using it in casual conversation genuinely seems to understand what that means. Today, we begin this article with a question, and a fair bit of warning- are you really ready to sell yourself? In the best possible way.
For far too long, people and machines have been clustered under one head as means of productivity for an organization. Operating machines was the only prerequisite for success. Over time, this changed, and people who could program computers became the ones in demand. Today, we value the creative mind and the ability to cut across facts and figures and tell a story. So, how do you show your personal brand in the future of work?
When functional heads try to execute anything, they often find that many other functional heads are also involved in the equation. Since each one comes with many years of expertise in their domain, they often tend to have strong opinions on various subjects. A very ambitious project may also be too expensive. A company’s dream project may be an operational nightmare. What next?
Make no bones about it- influence is built only over time. Most of the people we look up to today have worked very hard to establish themselves as experts in their domain, and then to provide the kind of advice that people trust.
Luckily, there is a process you can follow. If done consistently, it can help you reap results. Ready to find out more?
Time for the harsh truth: In the corporate world, just talent isn't enough to move up the ladder. What you need is the ability to influence the people who matter- your boss, and your clients. It is these decision-makers that determine whether or not your ideas see the light of day, and their perception of you can influence your career immensely.
Last year, in the United States alone, companies spent $150 billion on trainings. For almost every organization, the basic need for training is effectively the same- get my employees to understand my business well enough. Why is this important? Because aligning a hundred people to do the same task is no mean feat.
We’ve heard this phrase quite often - ‘there is no need to reinvent the wheel.’ While it is many times heard when a good wheel reinvent would be useful, let's flip it around. Let's think of it as not always having to make the same mistake again. Surely blessed souls have tread this way before! We can also learn from their experience, and avoid making those mistakes entirely.
Managers! This feature is exclusively for you. You had a grand plan, and you were so sure it would work. In an ideal virtual world, it still could.
But in the real one, your team Just. Doesn’t. Get. It.
It's every manager's nightmare, whether you are in a large corporation or running your own business. Despite wanting to gather the troops in a room and give them a piece of your mind, you soldier on... but, for how long?